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Defence & Aerospace

Johannesburg mayor Mashaba denounces Gordhan explanation on Denel loan

By: African News Agency      23rd October 2018 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has accused Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan of being "economical with the truth" in explaining how state owned arms firm Denel received a R290-million unsecured loan from the city's sinking fund management company. In a written response to questions in... 

International space probe en route to Mercury

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2018 The joint European-Japanese twin-probe BepiColombo space mission, to the Solar System’s innermost planet, Mercury, was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on Saturday. The spacecraft, built by Airbus and launched by an Ariane 5 rocket, has four main elements: the Mercury Planetary... 

International space probe en route to Mercury
Photo by Airbus
Artist’s impression of the complete BepiColombo spacecraft, before it separates into its component elements, approaching Mercury

Russia to send more military trainers, equipment to Central African Republic

By: Reuters     22nd October 2018 Russia said on Friday it planned to send additional military equipment to Central African Republic (CAR) and deploy 60 more instructors to train the country's armed forces, escalating its most significant military foray in Africa in decades. Russia donated hundreds of weapons and sent 175... 

Rwandan President appoints new foreign, defence ministers in reshuffle

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Rwanda's President Paul Kagame appointed new ministers of defence and foreign affairs in a cabinet reshuffle announced late on Thursday. Albert Murasira, an army general, replaced long-serving James Kabarebe as defence minister, the president’s office said, without giving a reason for the decision. 

South African army chief slams budget cuts as 'dangerous'

By: News24Wire      18th October 2018 Budget cuts at the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) could result in a lack of proper training for those who should be equipped to protect the country, the South African army chief has warned. General Lindile Yam was speaking at a media briefing in Thaba Tshwane on Thursday, where he... 

Workers strike over pay at South African arms maker Denel

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Hundreds of South Africa's Solidarity union members held a strike on Wednesday over a pay dispute at cash-strapped State-owned weapons manufacturer Denel. Denel, which produces military kit for South Africa's army and foreign forces, has held talks with unions over voluntary severance packages,... 

Tellumat optimistic aerial surveillance system will fill gap in market

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The Astus unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) system is a tactical surveillance platform with a line-of-sight range of 200 km, an endurance of 8-hours, and is a medium-sized UAS weighing under 100 kg. This makes it suitable for addressing a gap in the market for real-time tactical surveillance... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

New evidence shows arms deal commission 'ignored critical evidence of wrongdoing'

By: News24Wire      11th October 2018 New evidence to be filed as part of a court case taking the arms deal commission of inquiry’s findings on review purports to show that the commission ignored critical evidence, ignored the advice and documents provided by local and international investigators, and ultimately, through wilful... 

AAD 2018 aerospace and defence exhibition reports attendance figures

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th October 2018 Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) reported on Wednesday that its 2018 edition (held from September 19 to September 23) received 32 538 trade visitors. The show was divided into three trade days and two public days, the latter being over the weekend of September 22 and September 23. The two... 

AAD 2018 aerospace and defence exhibition reports attendance figures
Photo of AAD 2018, taken from an altitude of 500 km by an Airbus Pleiades satellite, on the first of the trade days (Airbus Defence and Space)

Denel proposes severance packages, salary cuts – union

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 South African State arms firm Denel is holding talks with unions over voluntary severance packages, reduced working hours and salary cuts for some staff as it struggles to emerge from a financial crisis, a union official said. The discussions underscore the extent of the financial difficulties... 

Aerospace group Airbus reveals its next CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2018 The board of directors of Europe-based major global aerospace manufacturing group Airbus announced on Monday that it had chosen Guillaume Faury as its next CEO. Faury is currently President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft. He will replace incumbent group CEO Tom Enders in April next year. Faury was... 

Aerospace group Airbus reveals its next CEO
Photo by Airbus
Guillaume Ferry

UK reaffirms wish to strengthen ties with SA defence industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 Britain was committed to further developing and strengthening partnerships with South Africa in the defence and security sectors, and not least with the South African defence industry. "The Prime Minister's [Theresa May's] recent visit here highlighted the importance the UK places on its defence... 

Saudi Arabia ‘ready to invest in the South African defence industry’

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is seeking very close relationships with South African defence companies. "We are ready to invest in the South African defence industry and fund local research and development (R&D)," SAMI CEO Dr Andreas Schwer told "Engineering News" at the... 

Saab suggests capability upgrade for SAAF Gripens

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab has proposed to the South African Air Force (SAAF) than it adopt the latest incremental update developed for the JAS39C and JAS39D Gripen fighter. The update is designated MS 20. "The Gripen was developed with the concept of continuous upgrades – small... 

Govt looking at ‘modernising’ defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that the Government was looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base... 

Paramount appoints CEO for new South African subsidiary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has appointed Mike Ramagoma CEO of its new subsidiary, Paramount South Africa.   Paramount South Africa was founded to bolster the capacity of South African end-users by providing advanced technologies and solutions that form part of Paramount Group’s... 

Defence department to host supplier day

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2018 The Department of Defence (DoD) will, on Friday, host a supplier day in Centurion, during which the department aims to build relationships with small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). The department will also be sharing details of its procurement processes with SMMEs. 

Davies to follow up on Saudi Arabia’s $10bn investment pledge

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will, this week, co-chair the eighth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC), in Saudi Arabia, while simultaneously following up on Saudi Arabia’s $10-billion investment pledge to South Africa. This session of the JEC will... 

Denel fails to pay senior staff in reform setback

By: Reuters     1st October 2018 South African State-owned arms manufacturer Denel did not pay senior staff their salaries in full this month, the company said, in a setback for President Cyril Ramaphosa's drive to turnaround struggling state companies. Ramaphosa has made improving governance and stabilising the finances of... 

South African missile test programme concluded on a high note

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel has announced the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR seeker... 

Musings on the local aerospace and defence industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 Last week saw the latest edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence, still the continent’s premier exhibition in this sector, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And, naturally, drawing one’s thoughts to the state of the closely related but not identical aerospace and defence... 

Highlights from AAD 2018 

27th September 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media's Senior Deputy Editor Rebecca Campbell about the highlights of this year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition. 

Highlights from AAD 2018
Highlights from AAD 2018

Saab suggests capability upgrade for SAAF Gripens

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 Swedish aerospace and defence group Saab has proposed to the South African Air Force (SAAF) than it adopt the latest incremental update developed for the JAS39C and JAS39D Gripen fighter. The update is designated MS 20. "The Gripen was developed with the concept of continuous upgrades – small... 

The UK reaffirms wish to strengthen partnerships with South African defence industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 Britain was committed to further developing and strengthening partnerships with South Africa in the defence and security sectors, and not least with the South African defence industry. "The Prime Minister's [Theresa May's] recent visit here highlighted the importance the UK places on its defence... 

Aerosud announces new initiative in its growth strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th September 2018 South Africa's largest commercial aerospace manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation, announced at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition on Thursday that it was offering its business solutions capabilities to other companies. This formed part of the company's new Growth Strategy, stated... 

Saudi Arabia offers opportunities to South African defence industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th September 2018 State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is seeking very close relationships with South African defence companies. "We are ready to invest in the South African defence industry and fund local research and development (R&D)," SAMI CEO Dr Andreas Schwer told Engineering News Online at... 

Saudi Arabia offers opportunities to South African defence industry
Photo by Dylan Slater
SAMI CEO Dr Andreas Schwer

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0 – panel

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The South African defence industry will need to pilot new projects and adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution in order to grow the defence sector and create jobs in the process. To do this, however, Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint suggested the industry adopt the... 

Defence industry needs to adapt, optimise for Industry 4.0 – panel
Photo by Dylan Slater
(Left to Right) Department of Science and Technology chief director Beeuwen Gerryts, Security and Defence Technology Consulting CEO Zane Cleophas and Engineers Without Borders founder and CEO Wiebke Toussaint

Government looking at 'modernising' defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th September 2018 Government is looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base Waterkloof... 

Government looking at 'modernising' defence funding – Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa salutes defence industry for economic input, jobs

By: African News Agency      19th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday paid tribute to South Africa's massive defence industry for creating much needed jobs and bringing in foreign currency. "For both security and developmental reasons, South Africa is looking after its defence industry, which is not only viewed as a department... 

Ramaphosa salutes defence industry for economic input, jobs
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Africa needs strong defence force to set foundation for economic, social development – professor

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2018 A strong, well-led and legitimate defence force, which is underpinned by scientific defence industries, will be vital to ensuring peace on the continent that is the foundation of economic and social development, says Western Cape University research dean Professor Renfrew Christie. To provide the... 

Africa needs strong defence force to set foundation for economic, social development – professor
Photo by Dylan Slater
Professor Renfrew Christie

South African defence industry at a crossroads – Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2018 The South African defence industry is “at a critical crossroads”, says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Speaking at the fourth iteration of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) Conference, in Pretoria, on Tuesday, she said this was as a result of the many... 

South African defence industry at a crossroads – Minister
Photo by Dylan Slater
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th September 2018 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday the successful completion of the guided missile qualification test series for the A-Darter infrared (IR) homing short range air-to-air missile system. The A-Darter is a fifth generation missile that uses an imaging IR... 

South African A-Darter guided missile test programme successfully concluded
Photo by Denel
An A-Darter missile on a wingtip launcher of a Gripen fighter

Mapisa-Nqakula explores defence ties with Congo-Brazzaville minister

By: African News Agency      17th September 2018 Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday had a meeting with her Congo-Brazzaville counterpart, Charles Richard Mondjo, who is in Pretoria ahead of the 2018 edition of the Africa Aerospace and Defence [AAD] exhibition which kicks off later this week. "This reciprocal visit, that was... 

Glider reaches unprecedented altitudes in experimental programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 In just eight days during late August and early September, Airbus’ Perlan 2 glider set three new world altitude records for a glider. Moreover, during the third of these flights, it reached an altitude that has been exceeded in level flight by only two other types of aircraft. These flights were... 

Forensic identification results into CTown munitions explosion almost ready

By: African News Agency      13th September 2018 The results of a forensic identification into the deadly explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) munitions factory in Cape Town nine days ago will be released later this week. The management of RDM hosted a lunch on Wednesday for the families affected by the explosion which claimed the... 

'We want to know what happened' – Numsa wants in on RDM munitions blast probe

By: News24Wire      12th September 2018 The Western Cape wing of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) wants a full inquiry into the blast last week that killed eight people at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). "[Numsa] in the Western Cape will be writing to the Department of Labour to be part of the formal inquiry into the... 

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